It was an eventful first day at the Australian Open, where no less than 10 matches went to the limit of five sets, one seed fell, others trembled, and we already had our first (very) late night finish. Let’s recap some of the day’s events.
Just like I did with the Wimbledon draw last year, and since I’m a little tired of conventional draw breaking and of the focus on the top guns, I will do something a little different once more. From the young guns to watch to the veterans who haven’t said their last word, with […]
The week preceding a Grand Slam is not, by essence, the busiest week of the season as far as the number of tournaments played is concerned. It doesn’t, however, mean that what happens in those tournaments is not be memorable. This week was no different, as a record was tied in Auckland and […]
In the wee hours of the day on this side of the planet, the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing reached their conclusion, and two of the finals that were played wrote new pages in the history books, with the wins of Kei Nishikori (in Tokyo) and Mike Bryan (in Beijing).
The first day of Olympic tennis competition was, without a doubt, full of emotions, surprises, frights, on both sides. What was assuredly the last time we saw David Nalbandian on an Olympic court, the early demises of Tomas Berdych, Li Na, and Sam Stosur, the epic win of David Ferrer and Feliciano López in […]
It is safe to say that today has been one of the freakiest days of the season so far, as the day in every tournament on schedule has seen matches postponed due to the weather conditions. If, in Düsseldorf, it was only the end of the last match of the day (the doubles match between […]
If one thing can be said about this Davis Cup weekend, it’s that it will be hard to forget. For the first time since 2005, the four quarter-finals in the World Group have been decided on Sunday. Although the suspense wasn’t great in two of the ties on deciding day, the two others seemed, at […]
With the North American swing just finished, all eyes are now turned to the Davis Cup, with zonal ties and the World Group quarter-finals beginning on Friday to determine either who will take part in September zonal or World Group playoffs, and who will be this years semi-finalists.
We cannot say it’s the case for all the players, but a lot of them are very fine analysts of their own game and that of their opponents when questioned about it during interviews, which always makes for interesting listen or read. For example, last month in Buenos Aires, I had the chance to […]
Since the beginning of the BNP Paribas Open, we were treated to a lot of drama. From the now famous BNP Parasite (i.e. the gastro-intestinal virus that has been plaguing the tournament and made another victim yesterday – Mike Bryan, forcing the twins’ pull-out before their quarter-finals match, thus making it yet another year to […]
There is a virulent stomach virus going on in Indian Wells at the moment, which caused the pull-out and the retirement of many players, but also affects everyone there: players, linesmen, ball kids, journalists. No one is safe and we saw again retirements and pull-outs because of it yesterday, among which the 2010 French Open […]
The joy of tennis is when the time comes and you make absolutely wrong predictions. The less fun part of it is when it happens at the expense of a favourite. You can try and be as neutral as you can but it’s sometimes just too much (and if you follow me on Twitter, you […]
After two days of action without TV, the second round of the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) starts today with not only the coming into action of the big guns but also, yes, TV broadcast! About time, as we missed quite a lot of drama and many good matches over the last two days, […]
The 2012 Masters 1000 season is starting today with the beginning of the main draw action in the desert of Indian Wells, and if the main draw provides us as many surprises and drama as the qualifications have, we are in for a spectacular event. The draw, of course, helps making sure that drama we […]
The bottom half semi-finalists are known since early this morning and what’s left for us to know is who will join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (I will get back on their quarter-final matches tomorrow). Will we have a perfect four again or will David Ferrer and/or Kei Nishikori hop in the mix?
If the first day of the Australian Open was definitely the day of the five-setters, the second was, without a doubt, the day of the bagels, when no less than 20 bagels were fed to several rather unlucky opponents. In fact, the match I followed the closest at the beginning of the day was […]
The second day is close to starting in Melbourne and as I did yesterday, here are the matches that I will watch or, at least, follow as closely as possible if they can’t be seen:
Yesterday, I started my draw analysis with the players from the bottom half of the draw, who begin playing today. Meanwhile, we learned that Florian Mayer (20) has withdrawn due to a hip injury, that Rafael Nadal is tired of being the voice of the players’ grievances, that Juan Martín del Potro understands the reaction to […]
I started this pre-Australian Open part with the two warm-up tournaments that are played this week, but there are also exhibition tournaments that are quite known and to which many good players are taking part. Although in some cases, we really mean “exhibition”.
While some of the players are competing in Sydney and Auckland this week, others are in Melbourne and getting accustomed to the courts in preparation of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, or battling in the qualifications to enter the main draw, qualifications that have seen their first day suspended for a long time due […]